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This article is about the Goddess. For other uses, see Hylia (Disambiguation).

Hylia (pronounced /ˈhaɪliə/ HY-lee)[3][4],[5] also known as The Goddess,[6] is a major deity in the Legend of Zelda series, primarily featured in Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild. Beginning as a divine entity, she was later reborn into a mortal form as the first incarnation of Zelda, making her the true ancestor to the Royal Family of Hyrule.

History

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Backstory

After the Golden Goddesses created the world, they departed and entrusted the protection of it as well as the Triforce to Hylia, a duty she held throughout the Era of Hylia.[7][8] Eventually, Hylia met a person who she chose to be her hero, giving a Sailcloth to him.[9]

The Battle Against Demise

Her Grace with the five races of the Surface

One day, the Demon King Demise and his demonic hordes suddenly appeared from a fissure that had opened from the ground. Wanting to make the world his own, Demise gathered an army of monsters and attacked the Surface, with the goal of seizing the Triforce from Hylia and claiming it for himself.[10][11] To protect her people, Hylia gathered the surviving humans on an outcrop of earth, which would later come to be known as Skyloft, and sent them to the sky away from danger.[12] To prevent the Triforce from falling into Demise's hands, the relic was hidden within Skyloft's Sky Keep, but its location was kept a secret.[13] Finally, Hylia created a cloud barrier to separate the sky from the world below.[14] With the surviving humans safe above the clouds, Hylia and five tribes, made from various species who still remained on the surface, battled Demise with the Goddess Sword as her weapon, and eventually sealed him away in the former location of the Statue of the Goddess, which came to be known as the Sealed Grounds.[15]

The Goddess's Chosen Hero

While peace had been restored to the land, Hylia suffered grave injuries during the battle and knew that the seal would not hold against Demise's power forever. To combat this, the goddess formed two plans to prepare for the Demon King's inevitable return.[6][16] Her first plan was to create Fi, a spirit that would reside in the Goddess Sword, and giving it the purpose of assisting a chosen hero throughout his journey in a future.[2] Her second plan was to willingly shed her divinity and power in order to transfer her soul to the body of a mortal so that she could use the power of Triforce, which could not be used by the gods as a precaution, when the time came.[17]

Before giving up her divinity, Hylia left several messages for the one who would one day become her chosen hero to guide him in his quest.[18][19][20] Along with these messages, She created several trials that would test the hero's power, wisdom, and courage,[21] and left gifts to help the hero find his way to the Sacred Flames to empower the Goddess Sword into the Master Sword.[22] The goddess also created the Isle of Songs,[23] which housed three melodies that would open the way to each of these trials. Additionally, she left behind the Goddess's Harp,[24] which would be used by her mortal incarnation as well as the hero later.

The goddess also appointed three dragons to protect the regions of the Surface: Faron to watch over Faron Woods, Eldin to watch over Eldin Volcano, and Lanayru to watch over Lanayru Desert;[25] she also appointed the spirit Levias as warden of the skies.[26] Each of the guardians were left with a part of the Song of the Hero, a melody that would unlock the hero's final trial.[13][27] Hylia entrusted the guardians to teach the chosen hero their part of the song, since should the hero succeed in completing the last trial, the path to the Triforce would open to him.[28]

The Goddess Reborn

The Goddess Hylia reborn as Zelda

Centuries later during the Sky Era, Hylia was reborn on Skyloft as a Hylian girl named Zelda, daughter of Gaepora and close childhood friend of Link, who would go on to become the Hero of the Sky. However, Zelda had no memory of her previous existence as Hylia, nor was she aware of her true nature. One day while flying with Link, she was tossed out of the sky onto the Surface by a massive tornado summoned by the Demon Lord, Ghirahim. She was found by an old woman who rescued her from being captured by evil forces and helped her remember her previous life as the goddess Hylia and her original purpose.[29] With the help of Impa, who was sent out to help Zelda at the request of the goddess,[30] Zelda set out to pray at the goddess statues located in each temple across the surface to purify her body, with each statue stirring up memories of her past life.[29]

Zelda and Impa traveled to the Temple of Time and went through the Gate of Time a thousand years into the past, but not before giving Link the Goddess's Harp. To prevent Ghirahim, who wished to use Zelda's soul to resurrect his master, from following them, Impa destroyed the Gate of Time. They arrived at a time very shortly after the battle with Demise had ended; Zelda eventually made her way to the Temple of Hylia, which would come to be known as the Sealed Temple in the present, where she and Impa awaited Link's arrival. Link later found and activated a second Gate of Time at the Sealed Temple and met Zelda in the past. She explained to him her true nature as the mortal reincarnation of the Goddess Hylia, and blessed the Master Sword with the power of the Goddess.[31]

However, as the living embodiment of Hylia, Zelda had to remain in the past to ensure that Demise remained imprisoned within his seal.[32] She apologized to Link for involving him in the war against Demise, explaining that Hylia needed someone with an "unbreakable spirit" and that she took advantage of Link's motivation to save Zelda.[33] Despite not being aware of the plan at all, Zelda still felt remorseful as the goddess's incarnation and felt she had to atone.[34] She proceeded to seal herself into an amber crystal and slept for a thousand years to ensure Demise's imprisonment held, but not before telling Link that he must use the Triforce to destroy Demise so that she will be able to reawaken.[35]

After Link used the Triforce to destroy Demise, Zelda awakens from her slumber and the two are finally reunited.[36] Just as it was believed that Link's quest is finally over however, Ghirahim attacked and took Zelda through the Gate of Time so he could free Demise there, as he had now perished in the present.[37][38] Link followed the Demon Lord as he began the ritual to revive Demise. He ordered his troops to attack Link to keep the hero at bay while he worked, but the Hero of the Sky managed to reach Ghirahim and defeated him. However, the ritual had continued during the fight and the Imprisoned rises, absorbing Zelda's soul and returning to his original form: the Demon King, Demise.[39]

During the battle between Link and Demise, Zelda was kept safe within the Sealed Temple. After Link successfully defeated and sealed Demise's consciousness within the Master Sword, Zelda's soul returns to her and she recovers. Peace returned to the land, and Zelda as well as the young hero returned to their own time. Later while enjoying the view from atop the Goddess Statue, Zelda mentioned to Link that she had fantasized about the surface for so long. She decides that she wants to live there permanently and watch over the Triforce, and asks Link if he would like to do the same.[40]

Legacy

For her selfless acts to protect the Hylians who bear her name, Hylia is among the most praised and beloved deities in all of Hyrule.[41] The descendants of her mortal incarnation would go on to establish the Kingdom of Hyrule upon the surface in the Era of Prosperity, their bloodline becoming the long-lasting Royal Family of Hyrule. It eventually became traditional for future women born into the royal bloodline to be named "Zelda" after her mortal embodiment for generations, while many locations including Lake Hylia, the Hylia River, and Mount Hylia would be named after the goddess herself.

Hylia has a great presence in Breath of the Wild's Hyrule. There are a multitude of statues and monuments to Hylia across the continent, and several locations are named after her such as Mount Hylia. The Monks that created the Ancient Shrines also seem to worship her and claim to have been blessed with her sight.[42][43]

Other Appearances

Skyward Sword (Himekawa)

In the Skyward Sword manga by Akira Himekawa, the Goddess Hylia makes an appearance.

As Hylia's Chosen Hero is readying himself to battle against Demise and his army, the Goddess Hylia suddenly appears in person, riding on an old Loftwing. Link reveals himself as the Knight of Hylia and the hero whom they sought. He claims that, although humans may seem small in the eyes of the gods, there are those among them who possess great courage.[44][45] Hylia acknowledges her knight's unmatched valiance and honor and proclaims him her chosen hero. She then allows him to wield her legendary weapon brought by the gods, the Master Sword.[46] However, the hero claims that he could not touch a holy sword, thinking that he is impure because he was imprisoned for years.[47] Despite this, Hylia says that the Master Sword will decide whether he is impure or not, and asks him for his choice; to seek revenge on the surface's people who imprisoned him or to save the world from its terrible fate.[48][49] Hylia's Chosen Hero decides that he will always stand with his friends and accepts the Master Sword from the goddess.[50] After reforging the sword, the hero agrees to lead the Goddess's army against the invading demons, but is mortally wounded in an encounter with Demise. With no other choice, Hylia and the hero use the power of the Master Sword to send the earth surrounding the castle into The Sky.[51] With the humans and the Triforce safe in The Sky, Hylia proceeds to fight Demise and seals him away. After the battle, she sees her Chosen Hero lying dead on the ground, having succumbed to his wounds. Filled with grief, Hylia promises that his spirit will eternally live on and resolves to discard her divinity so that she may be with the Chosen Hero as a mortal.[52]

Trivia

Nomenclature

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
LanguageNameMeaning
United KingdomEnglishBRGoddess Hylia (BotW) 
FranceFrenchEUHylia (SS)[55]Same as English.
RussiaRussianХайлия (Khayliya) (BotW) 
SpainSpanishEUDioasa Hylia (BotW) 
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References

  1. "They did all this in their lust to take the ultimate power protected by Her Grace, the goddess." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "First, she created Fi. She made the spirit that resides in your sword to serve a single purpose: to assist her chosen hero on his mission. Her second plan...was to abandon her divine form and transfer her soul to the body of a mortal." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  3. "Lake Hylia, from Ocarina of Time."Hyrule Warriors Direct, YouTube, published August 4, 2014.
  4. "And have proven yourself worthy of the blessings of the Goddess Hylia." — Princess Zelda (Breath of the Wild)
  5. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 10 (Series)
  6. 6.0 6.1 "After a long and fierce battle, the goddess, Hylia, succeeded in sealing away Demise. However, soon after the demon king was imprisoned, it became clear that the seal would not hold long against his fearsome power. Hylia had suffered grave injuries in her battle with the demon king. She knew that if he broke free again, there would be no stopping him." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  7. "After the three goddesses departed, the Triforce and the world were entrusted to the goddess Hylia."  (Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 12)
  8. "Handed down by the gods of old, this power gave its holder the means to make any desire a reality. Such was the might of the ultimate power that the old ones placed it in the care of the goddess." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  9. "You know, they say that the goddess gave the Sailcloth to her chosen hero long ago. Of course, the one you're holding isn't the same one. I've been working hard to finish making this Sailcloth in time to give it to today's champion. I'm really glad I got to give it to you, Link. Make sure you take good care of it, OK?" — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  10. "One dark, fateful day, the earth cracked wide and malevolent forces rushed forth from the fissure. They mounted a brutal assault upon the surface people, driving the land into deep despair... They burnt forests to ash, choked the land's sweet springs, and murdered without hesitation. They did all this in their lust to take the ultimate power protected by Her Grace, the goddess." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  11. "The old gods created a supreme power that gave anyone who possessed it the ability to shape reality and fulfill any desire. They called it the the Triforce. In his thirst to make the world his own, Demise readied a massive army of monsters for war. He sought to take the Triforce for himself by force. The goddess feared for her people. She used her power to send both them and the Triforce into the sky on a slice of earth she cut away from the land. This floating rock became the new home of our people. In time, it came to be known as Skyloft." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  12. "To prevent this great power from falling into the hands of the evil swarming the lands... The goddess gathered the surviving humans on an outcropping of earth. She sent it skyward, beyond the reach of the demonic hordes. Beyond even the clouds." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  13. 13.0 13.1 "As I suspected... Listen closely, and I will tell you. As you likely know, long ago, an evil force attempted to take the Triforce for his own. The goddess did everything in her power to prevent it from falling into his hands. For the safety of all things, she hid the Triforce somewhere within the rock you call Skyloft. However, its location has been kept secret. Even I do not know where it rests now. Oh, but the goddess did entrust me with a hint as to the Triforce's location. The clue is a song, meant to be played on the harp you hold. It is known as the Song of the Hero." — Levias (Skyward Sword)
  14. "Until now, a cloud barrier created by the goddess has separated the world you know from the one below. The tablet you placed in the altar has opened a small rift in the barrier. You can use it to travel through the clouds to the realm below. I have recognized you as my master, and so it is my duty to follow you wherever you may go. I reside within your sword and will accompany you in your travels. Press D-Pad Down Icon to summon me whenever you require my assistance." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  15. "With the humans safe, the goddess joined forces with the land dwellers and fought the evil forces, sealing them away. At last, peace was restored to the surface." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  16. "And if the demon king were to free himself, it would mean the end of the world for all beings of this land. In order to put an end to the demon king, Hylia devised two separate plans and set them both into motion." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  17. "...She made this sacrifice, as you have likely guessed, so that the supreme power created by the old gods could one day be used. For while the supreme power of the Triforce was created by gods, all of its power can never be wielded by one. Knowing this power was her last and only hope, the goddess gave up her divine powers and her immortal form." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  18. "Master Link, I have important information. When you struck the crest with a Skyward Strike from your sword, a message from the goddess awakened deep within my memory. The goddess intended this message for you, Master. These are her words." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  19. "From the edge of time I guide you, the one chosen to carry out the goddess's mission." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  20. "The spirit maiden who descended from the clouds must travel to two sacred places to purify her body. You stand in one of these places: Skyview Spring. The other is known as the Earth Spring." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  21. "As expected, I cannot follow you into this realm, for this trial calls out to your mind alone. This is the nature of places known as Silent Realms. They are domains of the spirit, accessible only to the goddess's chosen hero. This particular trial, Farore's Silent Realm, tests the limits of your courage. Your spirit has temporarily separated from your physical body so that you may undertake this challenge. To reach the location of the flames that will enhance your sword, it is necessary for you to overcome this trial and undergo spiritual growth." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  22. "The sacred flames are three in number. To obtain them, you must also earn relics known as the three sacred gifts. For each trial you overcome, you shall be blessed with one of the gifts..." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  23. "Master Link, I have memories of this island. It is known as the Isle of Songs. Signs indicate that it was left here for you by the goddess, Master. However, I am unable to determine a means of entering the structure ahead. I suggest you investigate the area." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  24. "Make use of the power of these gifts, and you will find your way to the purifying sacred flames. Now, I bestow unto you a melody. It will serve you as a key, opening the first trial that awaits you deep in the wilds of Faron Woods." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  25. "[Thunder Dragon?] Hah! Oh, him? Just as the goddess charged me with watching the woods, so does he preside over the bone-dry sands of the desert. He's the oldest of the dragons. For some time, he's neglected his own health. I wonder how he's been faring of late..." — Faron (Skyward Sword)
  26. "I am the great spirit they call Levias. Before she passed from this world so long ago, the goddess, Hylia, appointed me as warden of the skies. And what do they call you, boy? Ah, Link, is it? A rather pleasing name, that. Your parents clearly have excellent taste in names! Hmm... You carry a curious sword, boy. And I sense a silent power dwelling somewhere in that little frame. Ah, I see it now. Link, you are the goddess's chosen hero. How interesting... I assume you've come to hear what I know of the Triforce." — Levias (Skyward Sword)
  27. "The goddess split this song into four parts. She entrusted one part to me and the other three to the dragons of the land. You must gather each of the parts of the Song of the Hero. Seek out the dragons, and convince them to teach you their parts. When they've taught you what they know, come to me and I will complete the song with my own voice! The dragons can be found at Faron Woods, Eldin Volcano, and Lanayru Desert. Go on, then. Find the dragons you now seek!" — Levias (Skyward Sword)
  28. "Now that you know the song, I trust you know what to do with it. That old song opens a door to a great trial. Should you succeed in conquering the challenge awaiting you there, I'm certain the path to the Triforce will be revealed to you." — Levias (Skyward Sword)
  29. 29.0 29.1 "I had no memory at all of my existence as Hylia, but she explained it to me. She helped me to remember who I was...and what I had to do. I set out to pray at the goddess statues located in each temple across the land. Each statue stirred up memories within me. After I visited them all, Impa, an agent of the goddess, led me here...to the past." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  30. "Ah, I see. So the guardian was there as well, was she? The one you saw by Zelda's side is known as Impa. She is a being sent forth by the goddess to aid Zelda in her quest." — Impa (Skyward Sword)
  31. "Valiant hero, you have endured many hardships and journeyed far in your quest to reach this place. Along your travels you have found wisdom, power, and courage, and for this I shall bless your sword with the goddess's power. May it give you and your sword the strength to drive back the abomination that threatens this land!" — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  32. "We must stop him from freeing himself from the seal that imprisons him. At any cost... That is why I intend to remain here in this time and place... To sustain the seal as best as I can. As long as I continue this vigil, we may be able to prevent the demon king from fully reviving himself in our own time." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  33. "But spirit alone wasn't enough. You had to overcome many trials and awaken the hero within yourself so that you could wield that supreme power. And so Hylia... I mean, and so I... I knew that if it meant saving Zelda, you would throw yourself headfirst into any danger, without even a moment's doubt... I... I used you." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  34. "All that may be well intentioned and true, but it doesn't mean it's right...and it doesn't excuse my actions. But I'm prepared to pay the price for what I've done." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  35. "When Demise is finally gone, there will be no more need for the seal that binds him, and then I'll be able to wake up. So I'm going to ask you a favor, sleepyhead. Ever since we were kids, I'd always be the one to wake you up when you slept in. But this time, when all of this is over, will you come to wake me up?" — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  36. "In light of these factors, the seal Zelda maintained through her agelong sleep is no longer necessary. My projections indicate she will wake momentarily." — Fi (Skyward Sword)
  37. "It's best for everyone if you forget about your friend. The little goddess is mine now!" — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
  38. "My master may have perished in this age, but in the past he lives yet! I'm taking the girl back through that gate to help me revive the demon king!" — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
  39. "Ah... But never mind that. Victory is still mine to savor. While we fought, the ritual I started continued... At last, it's complete! The demon king shall devour the soul of the goddess and resurrect in his full glory!" — Ghirahim (Skyward Sword)
  40. "Look around us! As a child, I always dreamed of a world below. I wanted to see the surface with my own eyes and feel the land's warm breeze on my skin. I... I think I want to live here. I always want to feel solid ground beneath my feet, see the clouds above my head, and watch over the Triforce." — Zelda (Skyward Sword)
  41. "For her selfless acts to protect the Hylians who bear her name, Hylia is among the most praised and beloved deities in all of Hyrule."  (Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 12)
  42. "In the name of Goddess Hylia, I offer this trial." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  43. "I am a humble monk, blessed with the sight of Goddess Hylia and dedicated to helping those who seek to defeat Ganon." — Monk (Breath of the Wild)
  44. "Oho! And who might you be?"  (Skyward Sword (Himekawa) pg. 011)
  45. "I am Link, a Knight of Hylia...! To the eyes of the gods, humans may be small, but... There are those among us who boast great courage!"  (Skyward Sword (Himekawa) pg. 011)
  46. "This is the Master Sword. A blade that eradicates evil. It holds the power to rend the earth, and act as a pillar to support it as it floats up into the sky. However, it was brought by the gods, meant for our hands alone. Yet I must allow a human to wield it in order to exert my power over the Surface world... The most valiant, honorable man of the world's surface."  (Skyward Sword (Himekawa) pg. 013)
  47. "Goddess, I was imprisoned for a very long time. I am impure. I cannot possibly land my hands upon a holy blade."  (Skyward Sword (Himekawa) pg. 013)
  48. "Link. The sword will decide whether or not you are impure."  (Skyward Sword (Himekawa) pg. 014)
  49. "Will you wreak vengeance on the land that held you in contempt? Or will you save it from its fate?"  (Skyward Sword (Himekawa) pg. 014)
  50. "Gods... Humans... both of you seek the same answers from me. Only when it suits you. You use me... But needless to say... I'll always stand with my friends!"  (Skyward Sword (Himekawa) pg. 014)
  51. "With a single swing of the sword, the goddess Hylia rent the earth."  (Skyward Sword (Himekawa) pg. 020)
  52. "I will ensure that your gentle, heroic spirit will live on eternally. And I...I shall shed my divinity. The next time we meet, I wish to stand before you as a simple human."  (Skyward Sword (Himekawa) pg. 028)
  53. "Only a person of the Knights Of Hyrule, who protected the royalty of Hylia, can become the Hero... You are of their blood-line, aren't you? Then you must rescue Zelda without fail." — Maiden (A Link to the Past)
  54. "When they created the people of Hylia, they simultaneously created a new capital, a city that floated in the heavens." — Shad (Twilight Princess)
  55. Hyrule Historia (Les Éditions Soleil) pg. 12 (SS)
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